Ku­dos for China’s stand on Bieber

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

The Order of Canada is the high­est non-mil­i­tary honor my coun­try can be­stow on its cit­i­zens, and the Order’s of­fi­cial con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates that non-Cana­di­ans are also el­i­gi­ble for hon­orary mem­ber­ship “for con­tri­bu­tions to hu­man­ity at large”.

Based on that cri­te­rion, nom­i­na­tions should be prof­fered to the per­son or per­sons at the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bureau of Cul­ture who re­cently de­creed that bub­ble gum crooner and punk poseur Justin Bieber will not be wel­come in China un­til he cleans up his act.

“the world’s most fa­mous Cana­dian” (that’s to­tally bo­gus — we all know it’s Wil­liam Shat­ner) can­celed his global tour, the New York

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Times quoted this re­sponse by the BMBC to a young fan’s com­plaint that China wasn’t one of the stops:

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer but he is also a con­tro­ver­sial for­eign idol. We un­der­stand there are records of his bad be­hav­ior, whether in his pri­vate life abroad or on stage. His in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner has caused pub­lic dis­con­tent. In order to reg­u­late the mar­ket order of show busi­ness in China and pu­rify the mar­ket en­vi­ron­ment, it has been de­cided that per­form­ers of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior will not be wel­comed. We hope that as Justin Bieber ma­tures, he can con­tinue to im­prove his own words and ac­tions, and truly be­come a singer beloved by the pub­lic.”

Per­haps never be­fore has the Order’s def­i­ni­tion of a “con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man­ity at large” been bet­ter ar­tic­u­lated.

Here are just a few ex­am­ples of JB’s pa­thet­i­cally puerile in­dis­cre­tions: the Anne Frank mu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam and wrote in the guest book that he hoped the Holo­caust vic­tim, who was

Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp, would have been a fan. “Truly in­spir­ing to be able to come here,” Bieber wrote. “Anne was a great girl. Hope­fully she would have been a belieber.”

gized for dis­re­spect­ing the na­tional flag of Ar­gentina on­stage in Buenos Aires, claim­ing he thought it was his shirt. In Brazil, he was charged for paint­ing graf­fiti on the walls of his Rio ho­tel. “It’s a crime,” po­lice chief An­to­nio Ri­cardo told As­so­ci­ated Press. “Even celebri­ties need to know that our laws are to be obeyed.”

apol­o­gized for snap­ping a selfie in front of the in­fa­mous Ya­sukuni shrine in Tokyo, which of­fended Chi­nese and South Kore­ans who view the shrine as a sym­bol of Ja­panese wartime ag­gres­sion. “I asked my driver to pull over when I saw a beau­ti­ful shrine,” Bieber wrote on Instagram. “I was mis­led to think shrines were only places of prayer. To any­one I have of­fended, I am ex­tremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Ja­pan.”

was kicked out of a Mayan ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site in Mex­ico for climb­ing on pro­tected ru­ins. Sadly, it goes on and on. Sad­der still, to the em­bar­rass­ment of Cana­di­ans ev­ery­where, the twerp re­mains an idol to mil­lions of clue­less teeny­bop­pers the world over.

Go fig­ure.

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A diver grace­fully lets grav­ity takes it course from Stari Most, a 16th-cen­tury Ot­toman-peaked bridge that spans the river Neretva in Mostar, Bos­nia. At its high­est point it stands 24 me­ters above the wa­ter. Ev­ery year the city of Mostar hosts a tra­di­tional high-div­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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